Monday, August 6, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending August 4, 2018)

Be sure to check out a list of albums that I'm excited about over at my Upcoming Releases page!

Recently, Yoko Ono announced her 16th album, Warzone.

Ono, as we all should know, has had a long career. She released her first album, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, in 1970, though she really got her start years earlier as a conceptual and performance artist. She has hardly stepped away from that aspect of her career, most recently debuting a permanent art installation, Skylanding, in Chicago just two years ago.

That's more recent than her last album, 2013's Take Me to the Land of Hell. Her latest sees her reworking tracks from previous releases. She announced the album and released its title track on July 24.

Warzone is set to be released on October 19.

Also recently announced:

Calvin Johnson - A Wonderful Beast (October 13)
Dntel - Hate in My Heart (out now)
Elvis Costello - Look Now (October 12)
The Field - Infinite Moment (September 21)
Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams (October 5)
GABI - Empty Me (October 5)
GØGGS - Pre Strike Sweep (September 28)
Helena Deland - From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. III (October 19)
Helena Deland - From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. IV (October 19)
Iron & Wine - Weed Garden (August 31)
Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples (October 5)
Moses Sumney - Black in Deep Red, 2014 (August 10)
Petite Noir - La Maison Noir / The Black House (October 5)
Phosphorescent - C’est La Vie (October 5)
Pixies - Come on Pilgram…It’s Surfer Rosa (September 28)
Pond - “Burnt Out Star” (out now)
Protomartyr & Spray Paint - Irony Prompts a Rat Party 7” (August 17)
Santigold - I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (out now)
Silk City - “Feel About You” (out now)
Silk City - “Loud” (out now)
Sleaford Mods - Sleaford Mods EP (September 14)
Swearin’ - Fall into the Sun (October 5)
Tim Hecker - Konoyo (September 28)
Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground (October 12)
Travis Scott - Astroworld (out now)
We Were Promised Jetpacks - The More I Sleep the Less I Dream (September 14)

Saturday, August 4, 2018

New Music Friday - April 20, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

DRINKS - Hippo Lite

This is the second album from the duo comprised of Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (aka White Fence) following 2015's Hermits on Holiday. It's named for where it was recorded, Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort in France.

Watch: "Corner Shops"
Listen: "Real Outside"

Kimbra - Primal Heart

Maybe still best known for her feature on Gotye's "Someone That I Used to Know," Kimbra is a talented musician in her own right. Primal Heart is her third album. It sees her experimenting a bit with rap, and not doing too badly with it.

Watch: "Top of the World"
Watch: "Everybody Knows"

A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephants

14 years after their last record, Emotive, and eight years after reforming, Maynard Keynes' other project has released their fourth album.

Watch: "TalkTalk"
Watch: "Disillusioned"

Other Full-Length Releases

Alexis Taylor - Beautiful Thing

Watch: "Oh Baby"
Watch: "Beautiful Thing"

Chilly Gonzales - Other People’s Pieces

Sweet Valley - Eternal Champ II

Watch: "Hit & Run"
Listen: "Tunnel Rat"

Thievery Corporation - Treasures from the Temple

Watch: "Voyage Libre"
Listen: "San San Rock"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane Reissue

Watch: "The Jean Genie"
Listen: "Watch That Man"

Denmark Vessey - Sun Go Nova

Watch: "Trustfall" (featuring Earl Sweatshirt)
Listen: "Halal Avocado Toast"

The Flaming Lips - Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of the Flaming Lips

Listen: "Scratching the Door"
Listen: "Forever Is a Long Time"

Gang of Four - Complicit

Watch: "Lucky"
Listen: "Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)"

Linda Ronstadt - Mad Love Reissue

Watch: "Mad Love"
Listen: "Girls Talk"

Little Dragon - "Best Friends"/"Sway Daisy"

Listen: "Best Friends"
Listen: "Sway Daisy"

Omni - "Sunset Preacher"/"Confessional"

Listen: "Sunset Preacher"
Listen: "Confessional"

Pete Townshend - Who Came First Remastered and Expanded

Listen: "Let’s See Action"
Listen: "Pure and Easy"

Tokyo Police Club - "New Blues"

Watch: "New Blues"

The Who - Live at the Fillmore East 1968

Sunday, July 22, 2018

New Music Friday - April 13, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Brazilian Girls - Let’s Make Love

This is the fourth album from this dance and punk band, who are not from Brazil, but from New York...and have only one female member. It's also their first album in a decade.

Watch: "Pirates"
Listen: "Karaköy"

John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness

The latest album from this legendary singer features collaborations with a number of musicians influenced by him. This includes songwriting from Dan Auerbach, and guest vocals from Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Brandi Carlile.

Watch: "Summer’s End"
Watch: "Knockin’ on Your Screen Door"

Say Sue Me - Where We Were Together

This is the third album from the South Korean indie rock band. They've mastered a jangly, sunny sound more expected from a southern California band than one from across the ocean.

Listen: "After Falling Asleep"
Listen: "Coming to the End"

Tinashe - Joyride

This long-awaited third album from Tinashe was first announced back in 2015. The delay reflects the difficulty she'd had in breaking through to mainstream stardom, but she remains a unique alternative to much of the pop that's out there.

Watch: "Faded Love" (featuring Future)
Watch: "Me So Bad" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana)

Other Full-Length Releases

Jessie Stein and Pietro Amato - After Language

Listen: "I"
Listen: "II"

King Tuff - The Other

Watch: "The Other"
Watch: "Psycho Star"

Laura Veirs - The Lookout

Watch: "Everybody Needs You"
Watch: "Watch Fire" (featuring Sufjan Stevens)

Mouse on Mars - Dimensional People

Listen: "Dimensional People III" (featuring Bon Iver)
Listen: "Foul Mouth" (featuring Amanda Blank & Zach Condon)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Beak> - L.A. Playback

Listen: "Pij"
Listen: "Mono"

David Bowie - CHANGESTWOBOWIE Reissue

Listen: "Aladdin Sane"
Listen: "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Knxwledge - Gladwemet EP

Listen: "Relapse"
Listen: "rton"

Lou Barlow - "Love Intervene"/"Don’t Like Changes"

Watch: "Love Intervene"

Young Thug - Hear No Evil

Watch: "Anybody" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
Watch: "Up" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 21, 2018)

My boyfriend and I recently watched the movie Hostiles, a movie we were both thoroughly unimpressed by, but there was an interesting tidbit in the IMDb trivia. Lead actress Rosamund Pike was apparently cast, in part, based on her performance in the music video for Massive Attack's "Voodoo in My Blood". It is one of the more memorable videos in recent memory.

"Voodoo in My Blood" came from the Ritual Spirit EP, but it's been eight years since their last album, Heligoland. If they announce a follow-up, look for it on my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Cat Power announced her tenth album, Wanderer.

Cat Power has a career spanning back more than two decades and numerous critically-acclaimed records. Her style has moved between folk and punk, to even electronica on her last album, Sun.

That last record was a particular favorite of mine, one of my top records for 2012. She's been fairly quiet, at least musically, in the years since. She reported some health problems later that same year, and had a child sometime in 2015.

I figured the hiatus was in part to focus on her family and that it may be a long while before getting new music, but on July 18, she announced the new album. No songs from the album have been unveiled yet, but we did get a snippet of music in the trailer for the album.

Wanderer is set for release on October 5.

Also announced recently:

The 1975 - “Love It If We Made It” (out now)
Alt-J - Reduxer (September 28)
Animal Collective - Tangerine Reef (August 17)
Beak> - >>> (September 21)
Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine (August 31)
Billie Eilish - “you should see me in a crown” (out now)
Blood Orange - Negro Swan (August 24)
Childish Gambino - Summer Pack (out now)
Cornelius - Ripple Waves (September 19)
D.R.A.M. - That’s a Girl’s Name (out now)
Devon Welsh - Dream Songs (August 24)
Frontperson - Frontrunner (September 21)
Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal (September 14)
Guided By Voices - “You Own the Night”/“Your Cricket Is Rather Unique” 7” (July 20)
JEFF the Brotherhood - Magick Songs (September 7)
Jorge Elbrecht - Happiness (August 7)
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream Remixes (August 10)
Lemon Twigs - Go to School (August 24)
Lonnie Holley - MITH (September 21)
Mac Miller - Swimming (August 3)
Madeline Kenney - Perfect Shapes (October 5)
Metric - TBN (September 21)
MØ - Forever Neverland (October 19)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - “If Love Is the Law” (September 14)
Oneohtrix Point Never - The Station EP (July 27)
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake Remixes EP (September 28)
Paul Simon - In the Blue Light (September 7)
Richard Reed Parry - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 (September 21)
Richard Reed Parry - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2 (March 20)
Roy Montgomery - Suffuse (August 14)
Sarah Davachi - Gave in Rest (September 14)
Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche Vinyl Reissue (August 31)
Tokyo Police Club - TPC (October 5)
Waxahatchee - Great Thunder EP (September 7)
Westerman - “Edison”/“Easy Money” (August 17)
Willie Nelson - My Way (September 14)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending July 7, 2018)

We were in Montréal recently, and managed to catch a bit of the their jazz festival. The event is a massive yearly music festival where most of the shows are free. We got to see a number of amazing acts, including !!!, who put on incredible live show!

If they happen to release a recording of their show, check it out at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, French musician Christine and the Queens announced their sophomore album, Chris.

Christine and the Queens is fronted by Héloïse Letissier, who got her start in 2010 working with a backing band of drag queens, hence "the Queens". She released her debut album, Chaleur humaine, in 2014.

The first single from the new album, the Dâm-Funk featuring "Girlfriend", was released in mid-May in both English and French ("Dam, dis-moi"). The album containing that single was announced on July 5.

Chris is set to be released on September 21.

Also announced this week:

The Chills - Snow Bound (September 14)
Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horses (September 14)
Eric Bachmann - No Recover (September 7)
Hater - Siesta (September 28)
How to Dress Well - Land of the Overflowing Urn (out now)
Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes (September 28)
Sheryl Crow - “Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” (out now)
Slothrust - The Pact (September 14)
Sun Kil Moon - This Is My Dinner (November 1)
YG - Stay Dangerous (August 3)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 23, 2018)

I've been watching a lot of Queer Eye on Netflix lately and noticed that the food and wine expert, Antoni, seems to be a pretty big fan of The National. So far, I've counted him rocking the band's shirts three times. Maybe in exchange for the publicity, the band should compile a soundtrack for the show! If that happens, I'll have it over at Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Beyoncé not only announced a new album, but went ahead a released it, as well. Her latest surprise release, EVERYTHING IS LOVE, was a collaboration with her husband, recorded as The Carters.

At this point, I would be more surprised if Beyoncé were to release an album on a more standard roll-out schedule, i.e. announce an album, release a few singles and perhaps videos, go on tour, then release the album. Her previous two records, Beyoncé and Lemonade, were also surprise releases.

This latest seems to serve as an end to a trilogy for the Carters, one that began with Lemonade and continued with Jay-Z's 4:44. Each record has referenced the couple's relationship. The record was released last Saturday, along with a video for the single "APESHIT".

Also announced last week:

Bermuda Triangle - “Till the End of Days” (out now)
Buddy - Harlan & Alonda (July 20)
DJ Muggs - Assassination Day (June 29)
DJ Shadow - Live in Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen Tour (July 13)
Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone (August 10)
Foxing - Nearer My God (August 10)
Freddie Gibbs - Freddie (out now)
KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (August 31)
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same Reissue (September 7)
Mass Gothic - I’ve Tortured You Long Enough (August 31)
Menace Beach - Black Rainbow Sound (August 31)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen (September 28)
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station (September 7)
Purling Hiss - “Out Tonight” (out now)
Restorations - LP5000 (September 28)
Saintseneca - Pillar of Na (August 19)
Steve Hauschildt - Dissolve (August 3)
Underworld & Iggy Pop - Teatime Dub Encounters (July 27)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 16, 2018)

It seems like Vampire Weekend has forever been almost done with their fourth album. The band announced that they will be going on tour soon, which may mean that the album will also be announced soon. If that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

I haven't had a weekend home since I last posted this list, so there's a lot to catch up on!

I'm looking forward to the third album, Hunter, from rock powerhouse Anna Calvi. That album is due out August 31.

Only a year Damon Albarn released the first Gorillaz album in seven years, he will be releasing The Now Now on June 29.

And we'll be getting a new album from Spiritualized, their first in six years. And Nothing Hurt will be out on September 7.

Also recently announced:

Bad Bad Hats - Lightning Round (August 3)
Best Coast - Best Kids (June 22)
Body/Head - The Switch (July 13)
Charli XCX - “5 in the Morning” (out now)
Chic - It’s About Time (September 7)
Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano III (September 7)
Cullen Omori - The Diet (August 17)
Death Cab for Cutie - Thank You for Today (August 17)
Death Grips - Year of the Snitch (June 22)
Interpol - Marauder (August 24)
Jenn Champion - Single Rider (July 13)
Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood (July 13)
Low - Double Negative (September 13)
M. Ward - What a Wonderful Industry (out now)
Maggie Rogers - “Fallingwater” (out now)
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals (August 24)
Mirah - Understanding (September 7)
MNDR - “Gravity” (out now)
MorMor - Heaven’s Only Wishful (June 22)
Mutual Benefit - Thunder Follows the Light (September 21)
The National - Boxer (Live in Brussels) (July 13)
Nicki Minaj - Queen (August 10)
Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow (August 24)
Oh Sees - Smote Reverser (August 17)
Perfume Genius - Reshaped (out now)
Prince - Piano & a Microphone 1983 (September 21)
RL Grime - NOVA (July 27)
Thomas Fekete - Grow (out now)
Thou - Magus (August 31)
Thou - Rhea Sylvia (July 27)
Tim Hecker - Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again Reissue (July 6)
Tim Hecker - Radio Amor Reissue (July 6)
Trevor Powers - Mulberry Violence (August 17)
Wild Nothing - Indigo (August 31)